OK, this is not usually the way it works in Hollywood. In fact, to the general protestations of various nationalities, Tinseltown has tended to whitewash the racial origins of many a real-life character inspiration so that the role can be played by a Caucasian A-lister.
Not so in the case of ESPN Radio show host Colin Cowherd (pictured). According to a report this afternoon in The Hollywood Reporter, a new sitcom based on the weekday morning personality is gearing up at CBS, with Damon Wayans in the lead, namesake role:
The pilot is written by Bill Martin andMike Schiff (Grounded for Life) and is inspired by acerbic ESPN personality Cowherd. Wayans’ character is named Nick Herd… Cowherd will serve as a producer on the project.
We’re not saying this is in any way a bad thing. Let’s just hope Tinseltown doesn’t go too far in the other direction, because honestly, we’re not sure if we could stomach Pauly Shore as Barack Obama.